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“These are melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies topped with a light and refreshing frosting - so sweet and mild it imparts the perfect lemon flavor without the tartness. Note: Please read all the directions before beginning! The butter needs to reach room temperature BEFORE you begin making the dough; this may require two or three hours of passive work time.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
20-25
YIELD:
20-25 cookies
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. * Place the butter on the counter two or three hours before you plan to make the cookies to bring it to room temperature. DON'T LET THE BUTTER GET SOFT OR THE COOKIES WILL TURN OUT CRUMBLY.
  2. ** Zest the two lemons (only take the outer colored portion of the lemon, the white pith is bitter and will distort the flavor). Let the zest sit out to give it time to dry out.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
  5. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Mix in the lemon zest (1 1/2 tsp.), vanilla extract, and salt.
  7. Add the flour and mix until well combined.
  8. Using your hands, roll the dough into 1" balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, or just until the bottoms begin to turn light brown.
  10. Cool.
  11. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting.
  12. Frosting:
  13. In a small bowl, beat the butter, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest (1 tsp.) together until smooth.
  14. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until you reach the desired consistency (you may need to add a little more milk or a little more sugar); the frosting should be firm, but spreadable, and able to stay on the cookie without sliding off the sides.
  15. Frost the tops of each cookie and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.

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